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Soldier to Agriculture Program

The Next Chapter of Your Life is Calling

Ever wonder what it’s like to work in agriculture? Are you ready to try something new?

The state’s number-one industry might be for you, and there’s no better way for you to find out than through our Soldier to Agriculture Program.

The five-week program — held at the Fort Bragg Career Resource Center in North Carolina — offers an in-depth introduction to the many careers available in agriculture. You’ll receive hands-on training, both in and outside the classroom. And you’ll engage in discussions with industry leaders and farmers about agricultural business, marketing and sales, and various allied industries in need of career-minded individuals.

Join us today. Your future awaits.

Why Attend the Agricultural Institute?

Hands-on Training

Learn from specialists in soil, horticulture, livestock management, commodity crops and turfgrass.

Shadow the Experts

Take advantage of our optional three-week experience to shadow and learn from farmers or experts in the ag industry.

Kick-Start Your Next Career

Meet with companies recruiting the next generation of farmers and providing careers in agriculture.

Agribusiness is the #1 sector in NC's economy.

Become a part of our $84 billion industry.

Career and Entrepreneurship Opportunities

When you take a Veteran to a farm and give them a purpose, it’s pretty extraordinary. I’m taking control of my life.

Robert Stalter, Army Veteran

There are all sorts of career possibilities in agriculture, whether you want to work on a farm or behind a desk (or in your car covering a sales territory). The sky’s the limit.

Here are examples of the fields you’ll learn about in our program:

Small-Scale Farming

With a focus on sustainability, small-scale agriculture is the production of crops and livestock on a small piece of land, often without using highly advanced and expensive technologies.

Crop Science

A career in crop science focuses on increasing the production of food, feed, fuels and fiber for a growing world population. Careers may include production, field research, extension and consulting.

Turfgrass Management

From golf to baseball, sports fields require maintenance. Turfgrass management offers opportunities to work with different topographies, climates, and soils throughout North Carolina.

Horticulture

Horticulture focuses on the art, science, technology, and business of growing plants, from fruits and vegetables to flowers and medicinal varieties. Careers range from landscape design to production and sales.

Precision Ag

Also known as “site-specific crop management,” precision agriculture reduces the misapplication of products and increases farm efficiency. Careers range from nutrient management specialist to precision farming coordinator.

Ag Business

Ag business is the farming, management, production, and marketing of agricultural commodities, such as livestock and crops. The field includes resource management, farming, conservation, marketing, and sales.

Livestock & Poultry Management

This field aims to meet the growing demand for affordable protein. Careers may include live production, technical consultation, or business positions with allied industries.

Contact Us

For questions about the Soldier to Agriculture Program, contact:

Robert Elliott
AGI Veteran Liaison
Email: rlellio2@ncsu.edu
Phone: 252-725-4875
Facebook:@ncsuAgInstitute